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Former Millersville head women’s swimming coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules

Download the April 2020 Millersville public infractions decision.

The former Millersville head women’s swimming coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he gave a prospect’s mother $3,000, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions. The former coach also violated head coach responsibility rules due to his direct involvement in the violation.

While recruiting the prospect, the former coach offered her a scholarship that included $6,000 in housing aid, but she was not qualified for the aid he offered. After receiving other financial aid from the university, the prospect was $3,000 short of what the former coach offered. The former coach impermissibly wired $3,000 from the account of a swim club he owned directly to the prospect’s mother to make up the shortfall in promised housing aid, according to the committee’s report.

The prospect enrolled at the university and then competed while ineligible.

The former coach did not promote an atmosphere for compliance because of his personal involvement in the violations.

“The head coach committed a serious, intentional violation that ultimately rippled through multiple NCAA rules,” the committee said in its decision.

The case was resolved through a cooperative summary disposition, a process where involved parties collectively submit the case to the committee in written form. All participating parties must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be used instead of having a formal hearing. The committee held an expedited penalty hearing because the university did not agree with the committee's proposed one-year probation period. After the hearing, the committee affirmed the probation. The university accepted the other penalties and may only appeal the probation period. The former coach accepted the proposed show-cause order, so he may not appeal.

The committee prescribed the following penalties and corrective measures:

  • One year of probation.
  • A fine of $2,500.
  • A vacation of records in which the student-athlete competed while ineligible (self-imposed by the university). The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 14 days of the public decision release.
  • A three-year show-cause order for the former coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must show cause why he should not have restrictions on athletically related activity.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members who reviewed this case are John David Lackey, attorney in private practice; Richard Loosbrock, faculty athletics representative and history professor at Adams State; Melissa Reilly, associate commissioner and senior woman administrator for the East Coast Conference; Jason Sobolik, assistant athletics director for compliance and student services at Minnesota State University Moorhead; Harry O. Stinson III, Committee on Infractions chair and athletics director at Lincoln (Pennsylvania); and Christine Ward, associate athletics director for compliance and senior woman administrator at Georgia Southwestern.